Can you lead employees or your customers if your vision is fuzzy? You can probably guess the answer but can you make your vision transcendent? Discover the steps to solidify your vision propelling you to a fulfilling and prosperous new year. Learn just how you can achieve this from the founder of Today’s Growth Consultant, a two-time Inc. 5000 designee with revenues that have doubled in each of the last 5 years. Started in 1992, the company is now an international, multimillion-dollar enterprise. You can’t miss this one!
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Stoke Your Coals
This is the podcast where my wife and I live our life and go about our business. As we stumble on something that resonates with us or we are talking with someone and we see something we’ve said resonates with them, we literally jot it down and make sure we podcast on it. I am in the middle of a pretty good amount of consuming leadership information.
I do this every year at the end of the year and it is now spilling over into January because I still have two more books. I just finished Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels. I am now about to jump into Leadership Axioms by the same author. For those of you that know Bill, he grew Willow Creek Church, one of the largest churches in the world, still with that to a degree, but now he’s equipping churches worldwide.
His leadership stance is incredible. He has taken counsel for some of the greatest leaders in the world, from presidents to Peter Drucker to Dee Hock to John Maxwell. He and John Maxwell are tremendous buddies. It’s an awesome book. Whether you like a church or not, it is one of the greatest leadership books I’ve ever read. We’re staying here and I’m going to go through a two parter that I’m just going to spill it out. Can you lead employees or customers to buy your stuff if your vision is fuzzy?What stokes your coals? Click To Tweet
Here’s a homework assignment. Why not start every 90 days, vision night? John Maxwell recommends that this be done after 5 PM on a weekend. He doesn’t recommend this for vision. I’m adding this part in. I recommend you do these three steps I’m about the list during non-work hours because you need a little bit of peace and quiet to accomplish this.
You sit down, let’s say it’s 6 PM and you’re done from work. You had your dinner, you hugged your family or what have you. Then you sit down and you write down one, two, three. Number one, what’s my vision? Number two, is it clear to me? Number three, does my team see it? Meaning, do you have employees? Now, that’s your team. Do you have vendors or affiliates? That’s your team. If you don’t have either, do you have customers?That’s your team. Does my team see it? Number two, you recast the vision immediately based on the results of number three. Every 90 days recast your vision immediately.
Part two is, is your passion hot? What keeps you burning or what burns you out? What keeps you burning? This is so important to understand what keeps your coals burning? What just fries you? What burns you out? For me personally, what stokes my coals is tithing. My wife and I started a company in 1992. I have no idea how much we have tithed. We do 5% of revenue, but here’s what I can tell you, whether it’s a small local charity only receiving $2,000 or $3,000 from us or it’s a substantial organization receiving six figures from us, they usually make me cry if I’m the one handing out the check or following up on a wire we sent somewhere in the world and those ties the reaction to people receiving that money that stokes my coals and wakes me up the next day.
On the flip side, I can feel myself clearly wearing down. Sometimes I just can’t look at a computer. I can’t open email. Some of you have heard in the past of the eleven things on the OCD/ADHD wheel. I have about seven of them. ADD, ADHD, OCD, I’ve got them to one degree or another. I get to a point and I like to laugh and say, “I’m out of ATP.” That’s the energy that runs your brain and I definitely know when I’m about to run out of ATP.
What worked for me is movie marathons, back-to-back, three, four or five movies in a day or reading a thriller or mystery novel where I just get lost in it and go on for hours and hours. The bottom line is when you’re watching movies and when you’re reading books, it uses a completely different part of the brain. It’s a totally different type of input. We’re not necessarily putting it into a storage box for future use. It’s just literally dumped in.
Here are some questions for you. Number one, what stokes your coals? Number two, what signs do you have that show you when you need to shut down for 48 hours, seven days? Everybody is different. Some people can go a year, then take a two week, just analog, shut down, turn off everything digital, no email, no computer, African Safari, go to London, hideout in a hotel. I’ve done that before.
Some people can just go analog, but some people are so attached to their digital apparatus, the thought of going seven days without Facebook, it’s not calculatable and they can’t do it. They do a grouping of 48-hour bursts of downtime, whether it be weekends or what have you. A lot of the people I hang with do the 48 to 72-hour shutdown, but they keep their phone on.
Number one, what gets you cranking? What gets you so jacked that even on three-hour sleep, you wake up the next day at 5:15 to slam in the next day. If you haven’t read the book Today Matters by John Maxwell, please read the book Today Matters and you will understand how much today matters. How much one hour of your day matters and how you can’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today. Episode 310, I hope this helps. Take care.